President Barack Obama, as recently as Wednesday, took swipes at the front-running 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Granted, the who-can-hate-who-more conflict between the two goes way back. This week, Obama made reference to being accepting of all people who want immigration into the United States while Trump stood fast on his assertion that Muslims are currently problematic and should be kept out for a time. Obama made his latest remarks in reference to Trump’s latest headlines while Obama gave a speech at a Capitol Hill ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, according to Yahoo! News on Thursday.
As Obama was lecturing that Americans need “to remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others,” polls continued to show that Donald Trump is leading in the GOP field. In fact, CBS News is reporting on Thursday that Trump now has 35 percent of the Republican primary voters’ support. That is up 13 percent since October. It is up 13 percent since Trump made his extremely controversial comments about Muslims – which has obviously been taken personally by the president who has indicated that he is very insulted and disturbed by the remarks. Of course, there are those who still believe Obama is, in fact, Muslim due to the events he has hosted at the White House in spite of 9/11 still being fresh in the minds and hearts of true Americans. But, regarding Obama, let’s put his backing of and the sympathizing with Muslims as well as his extreme hate for Trump and the GOP aside. Whether you agree with Obama’s stance isn’t the issue here.
The issue is that there is something missing in all of the Obama rhetoric during this election cycle leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton. Obama had reason to avoid supporting Hillary Clinton in her race for president when there was still a chance that Obama’s vice president and close friend Joe Biden might enter the race. But that was then, this is now. The Daily Caller and other media made it clear that Obama was mum on an endorsement though it was predicted by most that he would ultimately throw his support to the better candidate – in his and many liberal persons’ opinion. And, most felt that the better candidate for continuing Obama’s policies and agendas in the 2016 White House would obviously be Biden instead of Clinton. Clinton has indicated that there are important issues in which she will defy Obama and go rogue, should she become president. But that shouldn’t matter anymore in terms of Obama making an endorsement because Biden is now obviously out of the picture – totally.
Yet Obama has still not publicly-voiced support for the Democratic front-runner. Obama probably tried to convince Biden to run more than anyone else – but, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Persons hashtagging #AnyoneButHillary2016 throughout social media would have found Biden much more palatable than Clinton – and probably would find Bernie Sanders more palatable. But there is no hope for a Bernie Sanders White House in 2016 since he defended Hillary’s “damn emails.” Incredible. But, of course, trying to get a Sanders supporter to admit he blew it is like trying to reason with a Ron Paul supporter up to election day in October of 2011.
With all the baggage Clinton would bring to the White House – her email scandals, unresolved Benghazi vs. offensive video facts, the proven Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of donations from foreign lands and foreign officials, and more that would make a Hillary White House become no more than a repeat of the Watergate years, it’s not wrong that Obama is not backing her. It is, however, very surprising and incredibly telling that Clinton hasn’t received any sort of endorsement by now – let alone a kind word. It’s not like 2012 when Democratic candidates distanced themselves from Obama and his low approval ratings and didn’t want to be seen standing next to him. In these times, Obama is doing much better via public opinion and an endorsement of Hillary Clinton would do her very well. Beyond well, a sincere endorsement at this point in the election cycle would possibly throw Trump and every other GOP hopeful out of the water. But again, Obama has not endorsed Clinton, even though Biden is out of the picture and Trump – who Obama obviously detests – appears to be the one that Clinton will face. Obama continues to avoid an endorsement of Hillary while hiding behind his weekly headlines of blasting Trump and the GOP. Clever, but not clever enough. More than clever, it’s telling – it’s very telling.